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[QUOTE=hmoser;5028098]They are tell me that it is mandatory to keep me for being paralized. I still work full time and dirve, I am also a mother of two who keep me running. I have seen each face to face and both told me that same thing. Due to the fact that the top and botton is already fussed, the middle has several bone spurs and are starting to fuse as well. I was told that if I did not fuse them all due to the shape that they are in from doing all of the work, that they would blow out within a year. I am guessing that you are not the only one who has not heard of this beacuse I also posted this on the Back page and after 200 viewings you are the only one who has responded. I was also told any bad hit to my head or car accident would more then likly paralize me.[/QUOTE]

I just can't imagine needing all 6 done right now if you are not in the hospital and are able to work, drive, and do regular things...

I had dozens of bone spurs and all "severe" herniations in 5 areas of my spine...

I still have 3 severe hernations as well as many bone spurs in my lower cervical to thoracic and lumbar area but there is no way I am having more fusions/surgery unless I am admitted to the hospital and they "have" to do this...

Any one of us with bulging / herniated discs "if" we got into an accident could paralyze us....

There are hundreds of thousands of people who over the age of 25 start having changes in their spine....If you took 100 people off the street right now that age and older....their MRI's would "look" bad....

But many people do not have any symptoms at all....So the MRI is only one small way to see what is going on...

Are you on heavy duty pain medicine right now? How about nerve pain medication ?

I am on 90mg of MSContin a day plus OxyIR for breakthrough....as well as Flexeril (muscle relaxer) and Ambien for sleep at night...

Again...my Neurosurgeon is rated as one of the top 25 in the country...(I am lucky to live just outside of DC and the spine institute surgeons take care of all the sports teams here and people fly from around the country and Europe to see them...Same with my PM Dr...

The reason I mention this is because they would never do a 6 level on those cervical levels if someone was still active and living their life but having "some" numbness and tingling....

I am just really worried for you that you are being given information based on them wanting to do surgery....

As Webdozer mentioned.....seeing two or even three more BC Neurosurgeons who do not know these two Dr.s is imperative to do....

Since you are not in the hospital now (I know I keep bring this up but it's an important distinction)....you have time to get more opinions and make decisions about this surgery....

Being fused in all 6 levels...you will have literally no movement in your neck....

Are they going to put titanium rods/screws/plates?

Are they using donor bone?

Are they using BMP?

How many days in the hospital for this surgery?

And when I asked if they had done this before...I'm not talking fusions...I'm talking 6 level cervical fusions...how many times have they done this?

The part that makes me skeptical is why they need to do an x-ray to see if your jaw is in the way....If they have done this before...wouldn't they already know this? Everyone's spine is set up the same way.....

*And just want to add...I'm really not trying to give you a hard time...I am just very concerned for you and I don't even know you!!! You have two kids who need you....So that is why you absolutely should spend a lot of time researching and getting more opinions on such an extreme surgery that is truly un heard of for most people in the cervical region..





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